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Colwyn Bay FC are a Welsh football club who currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One South. Nicknamed the Seagulls, the club play at Llanelian Road in Old Colwyn. They play their home games in a sky blue and white halved strip, with an all tangerine away kit.

The club traces its history back to 1881 when a Colwyn Bay club was first formed. They entered the North Wales Coast Football League in 1901 and remained in this league until it folded in 1921, whereupon they joined the Welsh National League. The club became founder members of the North Wales Football Combination in 1930, marking their first entrance into English football, as the new league also covered Cheshire.

They won this new league in its first season of existence and so moved on to the Birmingham & District League, until returning to Welsh football as members of the Welsh League (North) in 1937 after experiencing travelling difficulties in the West Midlands-based competition. The club remained in their new home for many years before successive championships in 1983 and 1984 saw them return to a higher level, this time the North West Counties Football League.

The club made rapid progress in their new surroundings, winning promotions and also reaching the FA Cup First Round for the first time in their history in the 1987-88 season, losing 1-0 to Northwich Victoria. In 1990-91 the club was finally promoted to the Northern Premier League as runners-up following the demise of South Liverpool, representing their highest level reached at that time.

Despite winning the Northern Premier League First Division in 1992, the club soon faced problems as the Football Association of Wales decided to ban Wales-based teams from continuing in English non-league football in order to boost its new League of Wales competition. After a series of failed court battles, Colwyn Bay were forced to leave Wales and seek temporary homes in Northwich and Ellesmere Port in order to continue in the NPL. The club eventually won an overturning of the ruling at the High Court in London in April 1995, allowing them to return to their home ground.

The club had managed to maintain their status as members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division throughout the ordeal, although things began to look more uncertain when Bryn Jones stepped down as manager after 18 years at the end of the 2000-01 season. Long-serving player Colin Caton took over as player-manager and managed to keep the team up, but they were relegated in 2002-03 and Caton stepped down. His replacement Jimmy Mullen lasted only one season as he failed to gain promotion. His successor Adie Jones, who was appointed in May 2004, could not secure promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division and left the club at the end of the 2005/2006 season after two years in charge. In his place the club appointed former Manchester United striker Peter Davenport as their new manager on May 24, 2006. He resigned as manager on January 15,2007 to take charge of Nationwide Conference side Southport Gary Finley was appointed manager on January 23rd, 2007.

The club's best FA Cup run came during the 1995/96 when they reached the Second Round, before bowing out 2-0 away to Blackpool. The Seagulls reached the quarter finals of the FA Trophy during the 1996/97 season, losing to Stevenage Borough The club have also reached the semi finals of the Welsh Cup on three occasions, but no longer participate in the competition as they play in the English pyramid.

2006/2007 season
A good run of 17 points from 7 games near the end of the season had given Colwyn Bay a good chance of making a play-off and going into the final weekend of the season, they needed to equal Stocksbridge's result at Rossendale. A 2-1 defeat to Eastwood looked to have cost the Bay, but a last minute goal conceded by Stocksbridge meant they too were defeated and Colwyn had qualified for the play-offs. They travelled to Cammell Laird on May 1st 2007. Cammell Laird twice took the lead but it looked like Colwyn Bay would force extra time in with a 90th minute equaliser. However, in the final minute of stoppage time Cammell Laird scored to send the Welsh side out 3-2.


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